These words are not unique to Jeremiah. As we read through the following verses my prayer is that you will take the time for the Spirit of God to break through any strongholds so that your life will be changed today as you truly realize what it means to be a born again, redeemed, heir to the Kingdom of God! As I was typing these words I believe the Lord spoke a word to me to share with you. I was listening to the song Moses, Take Your Shoes Off which is taken from Exodus 3:5 and quoted again in Acts 7:33. Whenever we allow ourselves to enter into the presence of the Lord we are standing on holy ground. Take your shoes off and enter into His presence. Take your time, get lost in His love today...you just may be changed beyond what you can ever imagine!
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” (Psalms 139:13-14) “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalms 139:16) “Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” (Psalms 119:73) “Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalms 100:3) Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb," I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earth all alone,” (Isaiah 44:24)
Can you hear Him speak softly to you? Allow Him to wrap you in His arms. Even though sin entered the Garden of Eden through Satan who deceived Adam and Eve by causing them to question God’s goodness, that did not change God’s love and His desire for an intimate personal relationship with us. Nor did it change His desire for us to fulfill the plans that He had for each of us. `For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, `plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ (Jeremiah 29:11) Remember, God does not change.
The impact of that sin was great, it caused every person to be born with a sin nature which causes a division in being in a relationship with the Lord. However, please keep in mind that this was no surprise to God, He made us with a free will to choose good or evil, right or wrong. However, inside each of every one of us there is a yearning to find the significance of life. We can never be satisfied within ourselves. There is a deep desire to know the One who is greater than all. However, man tries to fulfill that empty place by every means possible…everything except for a relationship with God. That is the whole purpose of these devotions, to allow the Holy Spirit to stir within the hearts of the people a desire to know the Living God. To be drawn into His presence and experience the love which cannot be compared with any earthly love. A love so deep, so full, that words cannot describe it! To be known by the Creator of the universe and to know that it is He who created us is overwhelming to me. Take a moment and just ponder how incredible that is when you consider His unfathomable universe, that God’s greatest desire is to be in relationship with us!
Throughout the Scriptures we read of those individuals who either chose to follow God’s call on their lives or those who opposed it. Have you ever looked at the life of Samson apart from a teaching in Sunday School? The children of Israel were again in great disobedience and God was allowing the Philistines to again take them captive for a period of 40 years. Have you noticed how often the time in Scripture is noted as 40 years or 40 days? The number 40 in Hebrew is very significant, it means a time of change or transition. In other words, at the end of those 40 years there would be a change (in this case for the Israelites) and a transition would occur in which they would be repentant and turn back to God. We see this clearly in Scripture over and over again. Unfortunately for the Israelites they continue in this disastrous cycle but because God made the covenant with them that they are His people, He has not deserted them, nor will He...ever.
What we see over and over again in the Scriptures is the disobedience of the Israelites, God’s discipline and then ALWAYS God’s grace. Yes, GRACE! Grace is not a new concept that appears in the New Testament. We see God’s grace clearly in this situation. The Israelites again have turned away from God and God’s discipline comes in His allowing the Philistines to rule over them for 40 years. God’s grace appears here immediately in demonstrating God’s grace in the number of years that they will experience captivity. We then again immediately see God’s grace in preparing their victory from captivity! God loved them so dearly that He never gave up on them. He had to discipline them many times so they would give their hearts back to him in repentance and love Him once again! Please take time and read Psalm 78 and Psalm 106.
Samson was set apart before he was even conceived. The Lord actually sent His angel to Samson’s mother to tell her she was to become pregnant and this son was to be a Nazirite, one set apart for God. Then the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Behold now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son.  Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing.  For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines." (Judges 13:3-5) Notice that the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman when she was alone. Whenever God’s focus is on a woman in the Scriptures we are going to be learning about redemption. Stop and think about that for a minute. Whenever God is about to make a move and bring redemption He does it through a woman! Women are given a very special place in God’s plans. We aren’t going to spend time on this topic today but look at the stories of Tamar, Ruth and Naomi, Rahab and, of course, Mary the mother of Jesus to name a few. There are many more!
Don’t misunderstand this and assume it is only because women are the ones who give birth! While that is true I believe there is much more. Where there is great reward there is also a great sacrifice. In order to make a great sacrifice one must be humble and willing to be obedient to whatever the will of the Lord is. (1Peter 5:6-7) “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”
Humility prepares one to listen and to respond in obedience. This woman isn’t even given a name in this passage which illustrates that the emphasis is on humility and a submissive spirit. She was also a woman who was barren. Do not miss this. In everyone else’s eyes she was lacking, but not to the Lord Almighty! Not having the ability to bear children was humbling because there would be no offspring to carry on the family name. She was most likely very broken inside because she was suffering. Thus the angel of the Lord found her sitting quietly alone.
The first thing I noticed is that the angel made sure the woman knew that God was aware of her barrenness. I love this! God knows everything about us and He reminded me of this wonderful verse, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.” (Psalms 139:17-18) My dear ones, can you receive that Word today? Have you ever tried to count the grains of sand? It is impossible for you and me, but God thinks of each one of His heirs more times a day than the number of grains of sand in the world! Let that sink in! You are precious in His sight! And you are never alone if you have entered into covenant with the Lord Jesus Christ! He hears your every cry even though He may not answer them in your timeframe.
This woman not only heard with her ears but received with her heart the message given to her. When the angel left she went and told her husband everything that the angel had said. It was fact. She didn’t go and ask him what he thought about the message and what they should do. No, she declared the great gift that they had been given! This tells me of the character of this woman, her humility and her submissiveness. Her husband did not even question her, he immediately went to God and asked the Lord for Him to send the angel again and instruct them how they were to raise the child so that he would fulfill God’s call on his life. This response reflects great character of humility and faith on the husband too. There was no question as to who this child belonged to. This was God’s child and they were dependent upon the Lord for guidance as to how to carry out his upbringing.
I am struck right now as I type this as to the difference in these two individuals and why God chose them for His plan of deliverance. All they desired was God’s will to be done. This wasn’t about them.
There are two very important and different messages we need to understand in this account of Samson’s life. He was set apart even before his birth, but God did not take away Samson’s ability to make his own decisions or to act upon his free will. He was set aside to deliver the Israelites from the hands of the Philistines. That is an assignment that should cause one to be seeking God’s direction so that he was in right alignment when the time came for God to move him into position to deliver His people. Samson was taught the importance of the restrictions on his life, but there was a serious problem in his understanding. In fact, he seemed to be very self-centered. Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines.  So he came back and told his father and mother, "I saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife." (Judges 14:1-2) Wait a minute. The Philistines are enemies of the Israelites. The Israelites are in captivity by the Philistines. And Samson wants a Philistine woman as his wife? And he wants his parents to get her for him? This is not the order of how Hebrew men became betrothed, everything is out of order. Then his father and his mother said to him, "Is there no woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she looks good to me." (Judges 14:3) Enter free will...I see it, I want it, get it for me no matter what it takes! However, this is opposite of God’s commandments. "Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.” (Deuteronomy 7:3)
Oh my, how often is that you or me? Is that how God sees us? I suspect that we look that way in His sight more often than we think. Oh, maybe we aren’t as blatant in our actions but in our hearts we have devised a plan and God knows that plan and the real intent of our actions and our hearts. That’s a very humbling thought to me.
God’s grace was to be demonstrated through Samson. However, there was a problem. In order to understand the underlying problem we need to look at Abraham. For what does the Scripture say? "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS." (Romans 4:3) “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;  for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:8-10) Samson was living for himself, he hadn’t personally entered into the covenant with God and was living in sin. Sin causes us to turn away from God as we follow our personal desires and lusts. That rebellion does not allow us to be “holy”. Up to this point Samson may have performed as expected as a Nazirite but in his heart he was not a Nazirite, his heart was not holy. He was not a servant of the Most High God, he was serving himself. This becomes even more clear as we see his actions moving forward.
You may wonder how all of this applies to you and me today. It really is no different. The Abrahamic Covenant was a covenant of grace and faith. The Law of Moses (Torah Law) was not “rules” to make us puppets, but promises from God to protect us and bless us. If we entered into His covenant our hearts would be changed and we would walk by faith (in love) trusting Him to protect us and God would be glorified! The Law couldn’t save us but it showed us our sin so that we would repent and draw closer to the Lord and learn to trust Him. The Pharisees and the Sanhedrin turned the Torah into “The Law of Tradition of the Elders” which no man could follow. Unfortunately most of us see “The Law” through those same eyes so we have trouble understanding what God’s desires clearly were.
Now, unless we have an accurate translation of the next verse we are going to be led astray. And, unfortunately, most translations get this wrong. Verse 4 does NOT say that this desire of Samson’s was from the Lord and He had plans to use it against the Philistines. What is DOES say is that God could use it (despite Samson’s fleshly desire which was driving him). God does not direct us to go against His Word in order for His plans to be carried out. God is not limited by our choices or disobedience. The final outcome is up to God. So what the Scripture should tell us is that even though Samson was acting on his fleshly desires, it didn’t tie God’s hands and cause Him to have to start all over in seeking someone else to carry out His plan. Was this what God would have chosen for Samson? No, but Samson’s free will choices were not going to stop God’s plan, however God chose to fulfill it. In other words, God’s grace was going to be given to the Israelites at the proper time. Yes, God could have found someone else but the other side of this story is the story of God’s grace is not nullified by our actions. Despite our prideful, belligerent, arrogant desires and actions, God does not desert us but continues to draw us into His presence so that we see the errors of our ways and repent and turn back to Him.
Well then, is it OK to just do what we want and still expect God to honor our actions? NO! Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?  May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?  Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?  Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,  knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;  for he who has died is freed from sin.  Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,” (Romans 6:1-8)
As we read these next passages I am going to ask that you read them as if you were reading them for the first time. For many this will actually be true, but for the rest of us we need to allow the Holy Spirit to give us fresh understanding. “Then Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as the vineyards of Timnah; and behold, a young lion came roaring toward him.  The Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, so that he tore him as one tears a young goat though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.  So he went down and talked to the woman; and she looked good to Samson.  When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.  So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion.” (Judges 14:5-9)
Reread these verses and ask the Holy Spirit to begin to open up your understanding. When the Holy Spirit came upon Samson and he killed the lion with his bare hands we see God’s anointing manifested. Samson was appointed BEFORE his birth but his anointing didn’t come until later. But Samson chose to keep this magnificent event to himself. Why do you think that is? Samson knew that his parents would understand the significance of this sudden strength and could most likely deny him the marriage because they knew the calling on his life. By keeping silent, Samson was being selfish and self-centered. Everything was about him and his desires, not God’s!
Still not sure Samson was self-centered? A lion is not kosher, Samson was a Nazirite, nothing unclean was to be eaten. You might be thinking that he didn’t eat the lion, but he ate honey that was in an unclean, unkosher dead animal! Honey may be kosher but not if it has come into contact with a dead animal, it is now unclean. “Also whatever walks on its paws, among all the creatures that walk on all fours, are unclean to you; whoever touches their carcasses becomes unclean until evening,” (Leviticus 11:27) (Deuteronomy 14:3) The angel of the Lord had also instructed Samson’s mother to not eat anything unclean. (Judges 13:3-5 see at beginning of devotion). He had no regard that he was intentionally causing his mother to sin!
Can we stop here a minute and allow the Holy Spirit to examine our own lives? Sin begins in the heart. We can mask it for a time and no one can see it but eventually it will come spilling out. A biblical example would be Naaman. (2 Kings 5:1-14) Naaman was the captain of the army of the king of Aram. From what little the Scriptures tell us about him we know that he was a well respected leader not only among his men but with the king as well. It is interesting, however, that he held this position even though he had leprosy. His leprosy was hidden, however, where it was not visible to any man. When I read this the first time many years ago the Holy Spirit revealed this his hidden leprosy represented hidden sin.
He and his army had been in battle in the land of Israel and they had taken a little girl captive. This young girl became a servant to Naaman’s wife. My first reaction was how terrible that this young girl had been taken from her family and relatives and placed in a servant position in a foreign land. But as I continued reading the Lord opened my eyes to see the heart of this young girl and how she didn’t allow her circumstances to control who she was or what she believed. Her heart was full of compassion and she told her mistress that there was a prophet in Samaria who could cure Naaman and her desire was that he would be able to go to him! God did not orchestrate this little girl’s captivity but He used her position in captivity to show Himself great in the land of Aram! If this little girl’s heart had been hardened and filled with hate because of her circumstances, God could not have used her for His glory. This revelation is a good heart check for me because I know that circumstances can sometimes bring me down if I take my eyes off of the Lord. My heart can become numb if not continually filled with praise and worship for my Lord and Savior. I need to not only stay in His Word, I need to allow the Holy Spirit to speak into my heart and know that every word written in Scripture is meant for me! Jesus repeated a particular phrase often in the Book of Revelation that I need to keep close to me daily. `He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.' (Revelation 2:29; 2:11, 17; 3:6,13,22)
Naaman desired healing. There was no cure for leprosy and eventually he would be banished from his people. Sin, like leprosy, separates us from others, as well as the purposes of God. The king was greatly pleased to hear this news and sent a letter and gifts to the king of Samaria instead of to the prophet. This may seem unimportant because he did not do it intentionally, but it also speaks to the importance of knowing God and His ways. A couple of Scriptures come to mind, “Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; And their honorable men are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst.” (Isaiah 5:13) “being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;” (Ephesians 4:18) "And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also.” (Acts 3:17) This last verse reminds me that it is our responsibility to seek truth and not to blindly follow others.
This error could have caused great grief to both parties but fortunately the prophet Elisha sent word to the king to send Naaman to him. Up to this point Naaman is seen as a strong, confident, humble leader. But what is hidden, like his leprosy, now becomes visible. Instead of Elisha meeting with him and healing him he sends word, through a messenger, to go dip himself in the Jordan River seven times and he will be clean (healed). Naaman explodes! How dare he be disregarded in such a manner! Doesn’t he know who he was and how far he had traveled to come here to find healing? He is outraged! Fortunately for Naaman, he is surrounded with good soldiers who respect him and truly want the best for him. They are willing to speak truth to him and encourage him to follow the words of the prophet.
We aren’t told what Naaman’s frame of mind was but he relented and obediently did what the prophet commanded. “So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.” (2 Kings 5:14)
Naaman had to learn to be submissive and vulnerable, he couldn’t always be in control of his circumstances. Vulnerable? Yes. He didn’t know the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he had only heard of Him. Now he had to trust Him that what the prophet said to do would produce healing. How are you doing in this area of your life?
I wanted us to see a contrast between these two men. Samson was a Nazirite, he was to be holy unto the Lord. The Lord had spoken and made known His plan for Samson to deliver his people from the Philistines. But Samson may have had an outward appearance of a Nazirite but in his heart he was full of pride and selfishness. Naaman was a person in a position of authority who had a problem and had to make a decision of whether to submit to the authority of the man of God to receive healing or to refuse the gift and eventually die of his disease. Which one do you more easily identify with?
God’s grace was freely given to both men. One received it, the other rejected it and paid a heavy price. Samson thought he was smart and in control. He liked toying with people and outsmarting them. He also had a weakness for women and had no self-control or even felt compelled to allow God to show him he had a sin problem in this area of his life. He felt powerful!
Please read Judges 13-16. Don’t be in a hurry. Really read the story of Samson’s life. He had been given a great gift from God but because of pride he largely ignored it and lived to please himself. How did Samson’s life end? After much tribulation, humiliation and destruction he turned to God and asked for His help and was willing to die in the process so that God could be victorious. It is not until we are willing to die to ourselves that God can become Lord of our lives. When God gives us a gift He also does not remove it because of our disobedience, that is God’s extreme grace. But it also places a great responsibility on us to be spiritually alive and in one accord with the Lord so that we can discern God’s will and not be lead astray. If we aren’t so “in love” with Jesus Christ and desire for His life to rule over us, we have not died to self and He will not receive the glory that will draw others to Him. My life verse is, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
There are so many components to this verse. Initially I have to have the desire for Jesus Christ to be my Lord. He didn’t die just to save me and leave me in my state of sin, rebellion and failure. No, He died so that I might live! “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,  knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;  for he who has died is freed from sin.  Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,” (Romans 6:5-8) Not live on my own, but live through Him and His life would live in me and guide me in the path that He had laid out for me. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” (Colossians 2:6) “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,  and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;” (Colossians 2:9-10) “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2-3)
So once again we are back to the question the Holy Spirit is always asking each of us, “How are you doing?” Can you identify with Samson? Are you living your life so that others might think you are in right alignment with the Lord but inside you are in rebellion and won’t allow Jesus to become Lord of your life? We might also need to remember that sin does not affect only us, it affects everyone around us. Can you imagine the pain and humiliation his parents must have felt, not only for themselves but for Samson?
Maybe you relate more to Naaman. You have a good position and are well respected but inside you know you are lacking and are dying. Will pride get in the way of redemption and victory in your life?
We say we are born again. Why don’t we see transformation in our own lives? If we truly read and believe the Scriptures, why don’t we allow the living Word of God to change and transform us? Why do we not seek God’s desire for our lives? I don’t ask those questions of every person who says they believe in Jesus Christ. I am asking you. If you are reading this website you most likely have a desire to be intimate with the Lord and no longer desire to be living an empty existence. The questions above may begin to open the door to the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit beginning to flow truth and life back into your life. Or, maybe you never opened the door far enough to allow the Holy Spirit to even be active in your life. It is never too late. Open the door to your destiny today.
I sense there may be many reading these words who are lonely and feel that they have no value in life. Maybe you have had to make some very difficult choices to walk away from situations that did not honor the Lord and find yourself away from family and anyone you knew. Maybe you decided that there was no hope and turned to drugs or alcohol. Maybe you have lost your job and don’t know how you are going to make it. Maybe you just lost your house, maybe your spouse just left you are angry and confused and don’t know where to turn. Maybe you are in a situation of abuse and have lost all hope. Maybe you are just empty...you can’t find any joy or satisfaction in life. There is good news for each and every person! The Apostle Paul understood this void in us that searches (with a vengeance to control our situations) and the futility in doing so. In one of his letters to Timothy he gave both Timothy and us this encouragement, “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” (1 Timothy 1:15)
There is a special reason we are using the Apostle Paul as our example. Before Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was Saul, a Pharisee. He was very religious and kept all the laws so he was righteous in his own eyes. He couldn’t see any fault within himself that would separate himself from God. But when he met Jesus on that day on his way to Damascus, everything changed! Please hear me, what you have done or the situation you are currently is not important to Jesus. What is important? That you are separated from Him!!!! There are no circumstances that can separate you from the love of God!
Let’s begin this devotion again. Read the scriptures and truly place yourself in those verses. Yes, the Lord formed you in your mother’s womb! And the Lord already had a plan for your life! Maybe the circumstances you find yourself in circumstances that you had no control over. Jesus is there waiting for you to call out to Him.
When we see our need for the Savior, Jesus Christ, we ask Him to come into our heart. Since sin and righteousness can’t reside together, we ask forgiveness for the things in our lives that we know are wrong and a marvelous thing occurs for those who are sincere, they truly no longer desire to continue in those things and can truly turn away to not participate in those matters of the flesh again, that is what true repentance is...confessing our sin and then turning away from it. Our circumstance may not change in an instant but there is a peace as the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives and our thinking and our actions are completely transformed. We now have a Counselor who begins to give guidance to lead us through the circumstances to a place of victory on the other side!
It begins with total surrender of yourself and all you possess to God making Him Lord of your life! Please take your time reading through the following verses.
“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, [which is] your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)
“For there is no partiality with God.” (Romans 2:11)
“The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” (Psalms 138:8)
“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.  He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.  How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.  Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.” (Psalms 40:1-5)
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.” (Psalms 139:17-18)
“The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.  Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.  The floods have lifted up, O LORD, The floods have lifted up their voice, The floods lift up their pounding waves.  More than the sounds of many waters, Than the mighty breakers of the sea, The LORD on high is mighty.  Your testimonies are fully confirmed; Holiness befits Your house, O LORD, forevermore.” (Psalms 93:1-5)
“But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”
Abba Father, Great are You, O Lord, and greatly to be praised! Thank You for these wonderful verses that remind us of Your amazing and eternal love for us! Forgive us for getting lost in this world of temptation and sin. We need You! You are our only hope and Your Son Jesus Christ is the only way to an eternal life in Your Kingdom. We repent of our pride and rebellion today. Flow Holy Spirit through us and wash our sins away that we might be purified and worship You in spirit and truth. Open our eyes to the lies of the world around us. Help us to understand that our spirit that battles going on around us. Cause our feet to walk on Your path, regardless of what it may cost us. Teach us to live daily with Your armor on to withstand the attacks of the enemy. And most of all, grant us the peace which surpasses all understanding to stay in Your presence and worship You with holy hands uplifted and hearts bowed down. You are our everything! All this we pray in the holy name of Messiah Yeshua! Amen!